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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Aamhi secular jhaalot - We are secular now

Dedicated to a friend Priyanka Kulkarni who encouraged me to write a post in Marathi.
This one is among my very few attempts in Marathi. I do not belong to any political party, by the way.

I have also put stanza-wise English translation. But a poem is best read in the language it is written in.

शिवाजी महाराजांनी अफझल'खाना'चा वध केला
हे आता इतिहासाच्या पुस्तकात म्हणता येत नाही,
कारण.. आम्ही secular झालोत...
( We cannot say in history books now,
that Shivaji Maharaj killed Afzal'Khan'..
Because, we are secular now.. )

आम्ही भेद मानत नाही.. पण विसरून जातो..
की भेद ना 'मानण्या'तच भेदाच्या अस्तित्वाची स्वीकृती असते..
कारण.. आम्ही secular झालोत...
( We don't consider differences but forget,
That by not 'considering' differences, we are accepting their existence.
Because, we are secular now...)

मरणारा शेतकरी पाहून कंटाळून गेलोय...
राजपुत्राला cycle वरुन जाताना पाहण्यात दंग आहोत आम्ही....
कारण.. आम्ही secular झालोत...

(We are bored to see the dying farmer,
We are busy watching our prince riding a cycle.
Because, we are secular now..)

सूत-पुत्राला बाण मारण्यापासून रोखले गेले असेलही एकेकाळी..
आता आमच्या मुलांची हक्काची आयुधे हिसकावून घेतली जाऊ देतोय आम्ही..
कारण.. आम्ही secular झालोत...

(People may have stopped Soot-putra from shooting an arrow..
But now we are OK with people snatching away the arms that our children deserve,
Because, we are secular now..)

मूर्त्या आणि हाइवे-वरची होरडिंग्स पाहून आम्हाला फारसे काही वाटत नाही.
आम्हीही झुकून कुर्निसात्त करतो, तो हक्क आहे त्या परिवारचा
कारण.. आम्ही secular झालोत...

(Statues and hoardings on highway, we are fine with them,
We also bow in front of them, that family has that right on us..
Because, we are secular now)

आम्ही secular झालोत...
आम्ही फरक मानत नाही.
कारण तो फरक आता आम्हाला दिसतच नाही..
कारण.. आम्ही secular झालोत...
नव्हे, आम्ही aandhale झालोत..

(We are secular now,
We don't consider ourselves different,
Because we don't see the differences at all..
We are secular now,
Or perhaps, we are blind now.)


  1. hahahaha....good one.....lived the second stanza and the closing one.....

    ashyc kavita post karat ja adun madhun....

  2. आरं वा वा वा !!!!! आद्या, आर मराटी बी येत की राव तुला !!! :D :P
    गंमत सोड, पण कवितेची भाषाच नव्हे तर विषयही एकदम धक्का होता म्हणजे तुझ्याकडून असं लिहिलं जाईल माझ्या डोक्यातही नव्हतं!
    झकास !!
    तू जवळजवळ रोज "posts" चा रतीब घालतोसच, आता सकाळी मराठी post आणि संध्याकाळी English असं करायला हरकत नाही !

  3. Tej "Tsar" Vohra10 December 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Kasla Bhaari Kavita aahe.
    Tumi ekdum poet barabar manoos aahe.

  4. The ugly Truth!... Well AJ I was goin thru d NEWS n found verbal wars goin on b/n each n every party.... I don't think it affected any common man in any sense... We say we ranked higher in employment durin RECESSION but whats d use of tht nominal pay we get which isn't enough to buy the daily commodities for a Family, wht abt d small kids pesterin for their daily bread, wht abt the corruption.... Its just a Shame!! I hope something comes out of ur bolgs man... God bless u AJ!